STEPHEN Leanne < Back  
Sport Table Tennis
CGA England   
Gender Female
Born 11 Nov 1988
Weight 53 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Grimsby, ENG
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She started playing at the age of 12.
Why this sport? "I love the competitive side of the sport. People always think it's quite easy, when it's hard."

"I love playing because it's something I can do by myself, and when I win I've done it on my own."
Training Regime "I train every day at home or at least 10 hours a week in Hull and Sheffield."
International Debut
Year 2007
Competing for Great Britain
General Interest
Injuries She has cerebral palsy, which leaves her wheelchair bound. (highbeam.com, 26 Sep 2008)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs "Just before a competition I will train more and alter my diet to give me more energy."

(Athlete, Grimsby Telegraph, 24 Jul 2008)
Awards and honours 2008 Lincolnshire Sports Personality of the Year. (jaguar.com, 31 Jan 2010)
Ambitions To win a medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and to be selected for the Great Britain paralympic team in 2012 and many more after that.
(jaguar.com, 31 Jan 2010)
Other information FUNDING FROM CENTRICA
She has cerebral palsy and received 1084 pounds [$USD1693] of sponsorship from the workers at Centrica. "It means so much to me to get this gift. I need the money for a new wheelchair and to help fund my training in Sheffield," she said. (highbeam.com, 26 Sep 2008)

SEEKING OUT COMPETITION AND AN AUDIENCE
She has few opportunities to compete against players in her classification of Wheelchair Women class 3, so she enters able-bodied events. She also visits schools to do demonstrations for children about her disability and disability sport, using table tennis as her main example.
(jaguar.com, 31 Jan 2010)